Honesty Is the Best Policy


Introducing the art of Honesty, an exhibition of work celebrating this fleeting virtue. The core of this exhibit is based on Luisa Gloria’s “San Honesto,” a fictional saint sanctified to fight against the universal
corruption that fundamentally frames life in modern-day Mexico.

San Honesto, who was launched three years ago as Gloria’s School of Visual Arts MFA Design thesis, is the patron saint against corruption, protector against
bribes, and defender of truthfulness. His mirror face reflects
the image of the person praying to him. Citizens of the world can give
San Honesto as a gift to corrupt individuals to awaken a change in
consciousness and improve their behavior. San Honesto is sponsored by Factoría de Santos, which believes that “a better world starts within ourselves. We must take
responsibility of our actions, and not wait for change in others.”
Honesty’s artists include Tomas Tisch, Vena2,
Ciler, Bang Buro, Dr. Morbito, Monica Ruzansky, Gabriela Alva Cal y
Mayor, Tom Smith, and Luisa Gloria Mota-Velasco. They write: “To create a new yet authentically Mexican visual culture focused on
honesty all artists applied the spirit of the mirror faced saint to
their respective mediums, resulting in a fascinating range of 2D and 3D
work reaching for a more pure sense of self.” 
Honesty opens at
Eyelevel BQE at 364 Leonard Street, Brooklyn, on Friday December 11, from 6 to 9 p.m., and is on view through January 10.




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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.